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Mr. Boris Johnson: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what estimate he has made of the number of careers advisers employed by schools in each year between 1996-97 and 2005-06, broken down by school type. 
Information from the November 2002 sample survey the Secondary Schools Curriculum and Staffing Survey (SSCSS) shows an estimated 1,500 full-time teachers in secondary schools were providing careers education, delivering an estimated 10,000 lesson periods of careers education.
Margaret Moran: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how much and what percentage of the annual budget of the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service was spent on (a) bonuses, (b) entertainment and (c) training of staff in the last 12 months for which figures are available. 
Mr. Dhanda: These are matters for the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (CAFCASS). Anthony Douglas, the Chief Executive, has written to the hon. Member with this information and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.
Parliamentary Questions Concerning CAFCASS
I am writing to you in response to the parliamentary question that you tabled recently:
PQ 116707How much and what percentage of the annual budget of the Child and Family Court Advisory and Support Service was spent on (a) Bonuses (b) Entitlement and (c) training in the last 12 months for which figures are available.
The following results have been taken from the 2005/06 figures for which the accounts have been audited.
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Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what plans his Department has to help local authorities with large numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeker children in care recruit extra fostering capacity. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Government fund several initiatives to support the recruitment of foster carers: we fund foster care fortnight, which raises the profile of fostering. In 2005-06, we began funding a two year project to identify innovation in foster care recruitment.
In 2004 DFES produced a pack to help local authorities run targeted local campaigns to recruit new foster carers. Last year, we introduced a new national minimum allowance for foster carers, to help ensure that no foster carer is out of pocket as a result of caring for a looked after child or young person.
The Care Matters Green Paper sets out further proposals to make fostering more attractive to potential carers and makes clear our intention to invest in locally delivered campaigns to recruit foster carers from a range of diverse backgrounds. We will incorporate specialist professional development options on caring for asylum seeking children within the training framework proposed in Care Matters.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has made an assessment of the effects of the presence of points of entry in a local authority on the numbers of unaccompanied asylum seeker children that authority has the responsibility to care for. 
Mr. Dhanda: I am aware from Home Office figures that unaccompanied asylum seeking children make applications both at ports of entry and, in the majority of cases, subsequently in-country at Immigration and Nationality Department offices. Of the approximately 3,000 applications made in 2005, approximately 15 per cent. are made at points of entry and 85 per cent. are made in-country. The effect of this has been that the majority of such children are located in London and the South East of England.
Mr. Randall: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills what assessment his Department has made of the effectiveness of the unaccompanied asylum seeker children leaving care costs grant determination for local authorities with large numbers of asylum seeker care leavers following the issue of DFES circular 2005-15 and circular 2006-1. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Department has recently made payments in respect of the 2005-06 former unaccompanied asylum seeking children care leavers grant, totalling in excess of £13 million. As provided for by the terms of the grant, those authorities supporting larger numbers of care leavers have received larger payments, in accordance with the number of young people supported by them, which has been the policy intention underpinning the grant since its first inception in 2004-05.
Dr. Francis: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills whether his Department has instructed local authorities to put out to tender the provision of (a) statutory assessments of young carers under the Children Act 1989 and (b) other statutory child in need assessments required under the Act. 
Mr. Dhanda: The Department does not instruct local authorities to put out to tender either statutory assessments of young carers made under the Children Act 1989 or other statutory children in need assessments.
Mr. Hayes: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills which studies have been commissioned by his Department from (a) external agencies, (b) companies, (c) academics and (d) individuals in 2006. 
Phil Hope: This is a matter for the Learning and Skills Council, who operate education maintenance allowances for the DFES and hold the information about take-up of the scheme. Mark Haysom, the council's chief executive, has written to the hon. Member with the information requested and a copy of his reply has been placed in the House Library.
I am writing in response to your Parliamentary Question 117467 that asked; How many people (a) applied for and (b) received an education maintenance allowance in 2006.
During the 2005/06 academic year 506,901 young people in England applied for an Education Maintenance Allowance (EMA).
During the 2005/06 academic year 429,627 young people in England enrolled and received one or more EMA payment.
I hope you find this information useful. If you would like further details please contact Shubana Nawaz at the LSC National Office on 0114 2074534 or email@example.com.
Mr. Frank Field: To ask the Secretary of State for Education and Skills how many school leavers in England at key stage 4 have left with (a) no, (b) one, (c) two, (d) three, (e) four and (f) five passes in recognised qualifications since 1979. 
|Number( 1) of 15-year-olds( 2) achieving no. one, two, three, four, and five passes at GCSE and equivalent in each year since 1997|
|Number of A*-G grades at GCSE and equivalent||1997||1998||1999||2000||2001||2002||2003||2004||2005||2006( 3)|
|Percentage of 15-year-olds( 2) achieving at least one and at least five passes at GCSE and equivalent in each year since 1997|
|(1 )Figures are given to the nearest 100.|
(2 )Pupils aged 15 at the start of the academic year, i.e. 31 August.
(3 )2006 figures are revised. Figures for other years are final
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